Is Belgravia the new Downton Abbey?

Daniella Scott
Photo credit: Belgravia - ITV

From Cosmopolitan

Five years ago Downton Abbey left us, and although the film hit cinemas just a few months ago, we're still always searching for some period scandal to fill the void. Well, we may have found just that.

On Sunday night, the first episode of Julian Fellowes' latest series Belgravia aired on ITV with six episodes set to air weekly at 9pm.

If you haven't already watched the first episode, here's everything you need to now about your (potential) new Downton...

What's Belgravia about?

The show follows the Trenchards, a wealthy family who accept an invitation to attend a ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond. According to an ITV synopsis this, "sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come as secrets unravel behind the porticoed doors of London’s grandest postcode.”

Fellowes has also previously described the show as a "story of secrets and dishonour amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century." All a big tick so far.

Who's in Belgravia?

The cast is blinding. Let's start with queen Tamsin Grieg, who stars as Anne Trenchard alongside Philip Glenister who plays James Trenchard, and who you'll recognise from basically everything.

Black Mirror's Alice Eve also stars as Susan Trenchard, alongside Friday Night Dinner's Paul Ritter and Harriet Walter who you'll recognise from Rocketman, Atonement and The Crown. I.e, she's a big deal.

So, is Belgravia actually the new Downton?

The first episode came out to mixed reviews, with people saying it doesn't yet stack up to Downton, but with many others saying it seems like it's definitely one to watch. Here's what the internet thought...

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